The 2014 World Cup is here, giving the world an extra dose of exposure to Brazil, which is surely worth it. Most travelers admit though and seem to agree that the reasons to visit – and love – the country outweigh the difficulties found along the journey. And those reasons to visit Brasil are plenty. We give you five indisputable ones.
Brasil Beaches Beyonce Enjoyed So Much
No wonder Queen Bey choose Brasil. More than 2,000 beaches stretch along Brazil's shoreline and more than 1,000 islands dot the Atlantic Ocean within the country's limits make it a tropical paradise with a great climate, that is extremely tourist friendly. Even though many of them are densely populated, you can still find many that are almost untouched and many that are still preserved ecological sanctuaries. The most famous of them Ipanema in Rio.
Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world and it's famous for its diversity in landscapes. Ecosystems of The Amazon River and Rainforest and Iguaçu Falls are the most famous natural attractions in this country. But of course you musn't forget about the 62 National Parks and hundreds of conservation units. Brazil holds several records for its wildlife numbers and diversity and honestly we hope it stays that way. As one of the responses to the urgent need to preserve seriously endangered natural treasures, ecotourism and responsible travel initiatives are on the rise, making it possible for more travelers to enjoy Brazil in a sustainable way and opening up perspectives for local communities.
Brazilian People and Culture
For hundreds of years, Brazilian culture has been in the making by people with a very diverse ethnic and cultural heritage. A glorious mix of contributions is imprinted in the culture that generated easily recognizable expressions such as bossa nova, capoeira, and the yellow soccer jersey. Strong cultural resilience sustains, for example, the efforts of indigenous peoples and African-Brazilians as they reaffirm their sense of identity through strife. And it's safe to say that the people who have created Brazil are, as a rule, friendly to foreign tourists.
Now one more reason that rocks – not just for foddies. Trust me, you'll loooove the food. And you will love barbecued food even more! From open fire pits tended in the open fields of Rio Grande do Sul by gaúchos (the South American cowboys), to upscale restaurants in great metropolies, barbecue is one of the trends that have brought international attention to Brazilian food. Great chefs, inspired by the country's diversity of native ingredients and regional traditions, are writing a whole new chapter in Brazil food. One of the best ways to get in touch with this diversity is through one of Brazil's many food festivals.
First thing when you think of Brazil and fun is obvioulsy the Carnival. But trust me, there's much more to the Brazilian festive calendar. Many international travelers have already discovered that Reveillon, the Brazilian New Year, can be as much fun as the Carnival itself. But that's not all. You can really choose something you will find attractive among the wide sample of the diversity of Brazil's festivals and events like Semana Santa – the Brazilian Holy Week, Festas Juninas, Festa do Divino, Festa Nacional do Índio, LGBT Pride Parade in São Paulo, St. Vito Festival or many more